Unbreakable Machine Doll

September 6, 2014

I am a benevolent and tolerant guy. But there are 3 things that I cannot stand when it comes to anime: 1) Animes with plot that are hard to understand; 2) Animes that seem promising at first but failed to live up to the hype towards the end; 3) Animes that ends abruptly. Oh dear. Did I just give away my sentiments for Unbreakable Machine Doll (otherwise known as Machine Doll Wa Kizutsukanai in Japanese)? Sounds very much like it but let’s try to keep things positive first. Firstly, the plot. People can use dolls or automatons powered by their magic to fight in combat. There is school in England just for that. A kid from the Land of the Rising Sun enrols here with his goal of revenge by taking part in an exclusive tournament that the top 100 can only take part and attain the best title coveted by all puppeteers (term for people who use automatons – they’re basically like dolls, right?). Secondly, the doll of our hero is close to being like a sex doll. Seductive, flirty, sexually suggestive. If ever our protagonist is of a perverted nature, she might turn into one. In which he isn’t. Say what? A doll that wants to seduce her master? This I got to see. Really.

Facing Cannibal Candy Arc

Episode 1
Raishin Akabane and his automaton, Yaya are heading towards Mechanical City from London by train. However the train won’t stop at the next station and continues to go full steam ahead. Raishin and Yaya jump out and head towards the front to stop the engine. With Yaya’s incredible strength, she becomes the brakes before the train smashes into the final stop. Because of Yaya’s obsession of being Raishin’s wife and equivalent (read: the perverted kind) to not let get other women near him, it makes other girls feel disgust with Raishin. I know what that dark swirling feeling inside him now… The duo arrive outside Walpurgis Royal Academy of Machinart, the world’s greatest education institute of magic. Once they go in, they won’t come out for a while. Raishin is here to seek revenge and his goal is to be the top 100 for the Evening Party and be Wiseman (title for the greatest puppeteer). However when he gets his aptitude test, he is ranked 1,235th and this makes him the second last in the rankings. There goes his plan… Because he keeps ranting about Shouko this, Shouko that, it’s like a taboo word for Yaya and she is about to kill him when the academy’s advisor, Kimberly becomes their homeroom teacher. She advises him to start earning credit points but all he is interested in getting admission into the Evening Party. It is where the top 100 scores are invited in a mad conflicting cut throat competition against each other until one is left standing. Being Wiseman means getting special treatment and you’ll get to learn even forbidden techniques and will be coveted among the military from other nations. Because in wars, men are now able to use mechanical magic, expanding military use of magic by producing talented puppeteers in large numbers is the purpose of this academy. Thus the same reason the Evening Party is held. She hints that a guy like him can still enter if he defeats any one of those in the top 100. Raishin is thinking who he should target but all Yaya wants is to get horny with him.

And so Raishin chooses Charlotte Belew AKA Tyrant Rex and ranked number 6 and challenges her to a duel. You know, I thought he should have picked a lower ranked number like 99 or 100… As Charlotte and her automaton, Sigmund begin their attack, they are rudely interrupted by attacks from others. It seems there are other guys who were planning this for some time but Raishin jumped the queue. Raishin and Charlotte cooperate to make those guys know their place. Charlotte wants to resume their fight but Raishin has lost interest and won’t continue. Seems Sigmund realizes Raishin has noticed his injuries and cannot battle like normal. He needs 2-3 days of rest. Yaya is slightly damage so she takes this sly chance for some physical activity with Raishin, using the excuse that automatons recover faster in direct contact with their puppeteers. I don’t know why Raishin seems to be eating with Charlotte now (perhaps she’s being a tsundere and he likes it? Oh wait, she is). Then Raishin spots Magnus, the academy’s number one. Instantly he and Yaya break through the window just to confront with him.

Episode 2
Raishin believes Magnus was the one who burnt down his clan and killed his sister, Nadeshiko. Though, Magnus thinks he has got the wrong person. Before Raishin can give him something, all of Magnus’ automatons move in. He didn’t see them move. What Raishin wanted to give was a little bottle. Yaya is distraught that Raishin got a little wound on his neck. Yeah, he is in no mood for her horniness. Next day, Raishin meets Felix Kingsfort, the academy’s disciplinary officer. He wants to discuss something with Raishin and it involves qualifying entries to the Evening Party. Raishin got even the guts to not pay attention in Kimberly’s classes. He is certain Yaya is the best automaton in the world because she is built by Shouko. That name again… Later Raishin meets Felix and as the latter explain, 26 students have gone missing from the academy in an incident known as Cannibal Candy. Some of their automatons were completely destroyed and magic circuit stolen. He wants Raishin to track and take down Cannibal Candy because Raishin cannot be the culprit and he is very strong. Felix’s assistant, Lisette Norden comes in to report another case of a half-eaten automaton by Cannibal Candy has been discovered. As they investigate on scene, Raishin notices that this automaton was one of the guys he fought during Charlotte’s match. Speaking of which, Charlotte is there too. Felix mentions he did try asking Charlotte out many times but was rejected. He’ll try again once this case is closed. Raishin is willing to help but will do it his way.

Lisette speaks to Raishin alone (Yaya not happy about this but is made to wait back in their room) and wants him to be careful around Charlotte because her automaton is a Ban Doll, automaton that was built using organic parts. Because she believes Cannibal Candy is also a Ban Doll user. Back in the room, insecure Yaya is accusing him of adultery and wants to get horny with him when Charlotte knocks on his window and requests to go on a date. He agrees. Yaya is so pissed. So on their ‘date’, this is part of Charlotte’s plan to use him as bait so when Cannibal Candy appears, she’ll ambush the culprit. But why ask him? Does she have any other friends? Guess not? And because she’s being tsundere, Raishin is done playing detective and wants her to take responsibility of asking him out on a date. Yup. They need to go out for one. So this leaves Yaya reduced to tears (little beads?) and is being left with Sigmund. During the date, Raishin explains of targeting her to gain entry instead of an easier foe. Because he was trying to steal qualifications, it would be unacceptable unless he put himself at risk. Raishin also possesses some martial arts knowledge and he only became a puppeteer 2 years ago. When they return to the academy, they think Cannibal Candy has made his move and Raishin fears Yaya may have fallen victim.

Episode 3
Thankfully it’s not Yaya but Felix had to hurt Charlotte’s feelings that she chose Raishin over him and doesn’t want to see her till the investigations are finished. This way he hopes she will stop acting recklessly by herself. Raishin gives Yaya a big hug when he knows she is alright. The moment she has been waiting for? Everything was going fine till he had to say that name… Also, he disagrees he has fallen for Charlotte and that the date was to make her have an alibi. In such case, she can’t be Cannibal Candy. Plus, Sigmund’s magic doesn’t do such damage. He feels the incident was too convenient, like it was to occur while they were away. Lisette calls him because her roommate Charlotte is not back yet. She thought they are together involved in some carnal desires but apparently not. Then here comes Shouko in the flesh! Her automaton, Irori too. She learns about the Cannibal Candy case and despite Raishin can still walk away from it, he feels he wants to help out Charlotte. Shouko then removes some barrier on Yaya as this automaton has unparalleled super human strength. She warns no matter how powerful the enemy may be, Yaya’s natural enemies are wind and water so take care out there. After Raishin and Yaya left, Irori wonders if it was a good idea to let them go. Flashback reveals Shouko picked Raishin up as he was the sole survivor of his clan. She gave him Yaya, created by Karyuusai, a leading doll manufacturer. Because Shouko had a respectable reputation among the military, she can grant him his wish and even locate the person whom he hates most and dying to kill. All he needs to do is to be hers.

Raishin and Yaya stumble upon Lisette in the woods. The latter reports that the disciplinary committee has discovered lots of magic circuits in Charlotte’s room (though they have yet to match it with the stolen ones) and now she is missing, it makes her the prime suspect for Cannibal Candy. Raishin wants Lisette to cooperate with him. She takes them to a facility housing large number of automatons. Yaya is made to wait outside because of her super power, she can destroy many in a blink of a second. As Lisette takes him inside the lab, Raishin wonders what kind of automaton Felix has. Lisette doesn’t know or seemingly dodges the question. Raishin remembers the talk he had with Lisette. There were some holes in it and Lisette wasn’t too happy he was trying to accuse her as the culprit. Then Raishin rushes off himself to Felix’s locker. He sees Lisette’s preserved corpse and starts to realize. He gets knocked out by Lisette and she reports Raishin is working with Cannibal Candy. Charlotte stumbles into Felix. Yaya seems to be activated and unleashing lots of super power. Felix needs Charlotte to be Cannibal Candy and to have Raishin take her down but he got involved too deep and had to be dealt with. Charlotte breaks down upon knowing Felix is the real Cannibal Candy and framed her so he could eliminate rivals to be Wiseman. Felix is about to kill her but here come Raishin and Yaya to the rescue.

Episode 4
Charlotte’s past is revealed. Her family was a high noble and had many Machinart achievements. But an incident that had one of their dog automatons attacked a young boy noble got them stripped of their title and everything, including all their automatons. Her family went missing while Charlotte was in boarding school. Charlotte’s goal to become Wiseman is to reunite her family and to restore her family to its former glory, she used her scholarship to buy back ‘hearts’ of her family members (those magic circuits in her room). Felix maintains Charlotte is Cannibal Candy but Raishin explains the way Charlotte controls and uses Sigmund that took her a lot of great skill to ensure she doesn’t kill anyone. Felix’s automation is revealed to be Lisette or Eliza her real name. The real Lisette was human but was murdered and replaced. Eliza isn’t fond of Raishin and attacks him. Seems Eliza can use different skills of the automaton she devoured. Raishin and Yaya take a lot of beating but they fight back. Raishin deduces Felix can only use one magic circuit at a time and has been discarding them every time he changed types. He cannot re-use those that are discarded. Felix wants to make a deal with Raishin. Cooperate with him for the Evening Party and he’ll overlook all this. Rejected. He doesn’t want to be his subordinate. Felix then has Eliza turn into her ultimate attack, a mist that corrodes everything it touches. Yaya is going to be done in when Raishin orders Yaya to activate. She counter attacks Eliza and all her fluid is over her. The secret to this attack is Yaya’s blood. When Eliza turned into mist, she absorbed Yaya’s blood with magic. Based on some theory, an automaton cannot have 2 or more magic in its circuit or there will be conflict as the magic will interfere with each other.

After Eliza is defeated, cornered Felix tries to warn him about laying a finger on him. But Raishin doesn’t care and punches him. Raishin apologizes to Yaya for hurting her but she is more concerned about him as she is unbreakable unlike him. He then helps up the tsundere. Kimberly and Magnus have been watching the match. They think if there is any upset in the Evening Party, Raishin will be the one to cause it. Magnus thinks the bottle contains ashes and it is perhaps a custom like throwing down the gauntlet to seek a challenge and revenge. Kimberly notices Magnus’ automatons are Ban Dolls but he replies there are no rules that prohibit the use of such dolls. Raishin has been given a pair of gauntlet by the academy’s headmaster, Edward Rutherford. With these, he is now qualified to take part in the Evening Part, although he is ranked 100. Raishin isn’t fond of this grand celebration of him as a hero but as Kimberly puts it, it is to divert the academy’s attention from Felix’s actions that would create suspicion and doubt. Charlotte continues to be a tsundere as she hands him a charm as gratitude for saving her. And then there is Yaya’s “I’m his wife” attitude to deal with…

Facing Sword Angel Arc

Episode 5
There is this clumsy girl, Frey AKA Silent Roar getting caught in her own net trap outside Raishin’s room. And Yaya is accusing him for cheating on her, etc. What? Frey even tries to give him eat sandwiches with sleeping potion but thing is, it was laced with salt since she ran out of sleeping potion. When that doesn’t work, she wets herself and lies on his bed to seduce him. This is her attempt to assassinate him? As Charlotte explains, Frey is ranked 99 in the Evening Party so it’s no surprise after Raishin’s battle with Felix (who was ranked number 4), everyone is quivering in their boots. Then they see Frey trying to fix an iron cage. So filmsy. So painful to watch. She gets trapped in it. WTF. Frey is approached by her brother, Loki AKA Sacred Blaze. Because she refuses to bow down to him, they send their automatons, Ravi (Frey) and Cherubim (Loki) to attack, only to be stopped by Raishin and Yaya. Both the guys are cocky and you can tell they hate each other. Could have fought if not for Charlotte joining in. Although Charlotte didn’t want to help Raishin investigate more about the siblings, she did. Blame it on her tsundere. Their conversation diverted to boobs. Charlotte was happy that Raishin feels size doesn’t matter when you fall for someone. But jealous wife Yaya had to be the troublemaker and asserts he loves them big and bouncy like Frey. Charlotte slaps him. Raishin is being told of the Evening Party fight format. It is like a royal rumble. The first night begins with 99th and 100th ranked participants entering the fray. The participant is eliminated when their gauntlet is stripped. Regardless of the outcome, the match ends at midnight and the next day, the 98th ranked participant will join in and so forth. The burden will be on Raishin because as the lowest ranked participant, he must fight at least an hour a day so the key is to eliminate opponents fast and limit the number he has to face at once. Meanwhile Frey sees her father who seems to have faith in her in the Evening Party. If she is successful, he will live up to his promise of having them all live together again.

That night, Raishin thought Yaya is again being horny and tries to stop her. But it turns out to be Frey in a sexy catsuit and trying to assassinate him with a knife in her cleavage! All Yaya could see is her master cheating on him. For nothing he gets beaten up by Yaya and then she locks herself up in the toilet crying beads. So Raishin calls Charlotte for help to investigate since he can’t take anymore of these nightly raids. Charlotte tells him about Divine Works, a company nominated to design next line of automatons for the British army. They have some prototype magic circuit designs in which Ravi and Cherubim have as the company are their sponsors. Ravi seems to have gone out of control and attacks Raishin. He uses a stun grenade to knock the dog out. Frey feels guilty for causing Raishin to be injured and tends to his wounds. He is about to question her why she wants to assassinate him but here comes that b*tch Yaya (clad only in a bath towel this time). She is going to massacre every vixen that comes after him to save Raishin from being overwhelmed by those ‘twin lump of fats’. However Frey flees the scene. Before Yaya can continue with her accusation, Komurasaki pops up. She is Yaya’s little sister and this loli too takes a liking for Raishin. Oh brother. Yaya can’t raise a finger to her because Komurasaki knows how she works. If she gets violent, Raishin won’t like her… Plus, Shouko ordered Raishin to carry out the next mission only with Komurasaki. So Yaya, be a good girl and wait in the room. Raishin and Komurasaki apply some stealth to sneak out of the academy and investigate some orphanage. Yaya talks about her troubles to Sigmund who becomes some sort of her counsellor. She wants to be a normal girl but he thinks if she did, Raishin won’t be able to protect her like always. What he needs isn’t a normal girl that you can find anywhere but her. Yaya vows to continue being a doll but still can’t bring herself to terms with Raishin flirting with other girls. As Sigmund puts it, Raishin does treat humans and automaton equally and oddly she is so human-like and the reason she hasn’t won him over is because of her warped personality. Suddenly Yaya is blasted away.

Episode 6
Raishin and Komurasaki meet a talking dog, Yomi who can sense their presence. She admits she is part of the Garm series project and equipped with Sonic circuits. She is also a Ban Doll because she is able to use magic despite no puppeteer nearby. However she has been ordered to be dismantled as she has outlived her usefulness and it is costly to be kept alive. When Raishin mentions Frey wants to kill him and thus came here to look for clues, Yomi has them follow her. She is going to show them something so be prepared. Meanwhile Yaya still lives. Charlotte uses her mana to heal her. Because the shell bullet that struck her didn’t have any markings, they think the enemy is trying to make Raishin withdraw. This means Raishin is also being targeted. Elsewhere, Kimberly sees Doctor and asks for his opinion on Raishin. Seems his recovery rate is slow and his life force being eaten away as he is diverting it towards repairing his automaton. Kimberly makes him sign an exclusive contract with her to mark Raishin. From now on, this academy and the British government will be his enemy. Choose the money or a sniper’s bullet. Yomi shows them Frey’s room. Her parents were part of an American troupe performing mechanical puppet performance but got killed when an automaton went berserk. Frey is a kind and nice girl and they were all attached to her. It is that kindness that consigned her to walk a thorny path. In the next room, they see lots of clones or siblings that look very much like each other. They are Promised Children, those with high affinity for high mana. More shocking in the next room, test tube babies. The alarm is sounded so they have to escape down the sewer. Yomi now understands why Frey tried to kill him. Had she failed, the Garm project would be suspended and all of the series’ automatons will be dismantled and a different model, the Angel series in which Cherubim is will take over. Although the new series has better combat ability, it is harder to control.

Although Raishin gets flesh wounds during the enemy’s attack in the sewerage, Yomi takes a fatal shot to protect him. As they climb up to escape, Yomi wants him to drop the excess baggage. She has had her fun and wants to rest here with the rest of her ‘children’. She drops back down and explodes herself with the enemy. Frey waits for Raishin but wonders why he didn’t turn up. Loki mentions he was snooping around too much on their secrets so father had eliminated him. If so, this Raishin before them must be a ghost, right? Raishin apologizes that Yomi is dead but Frey thanks him that he let her out of her cage. What’s this? Raishin is upset she didn’t get mad with him? But why he didn’t have the same sentiments when Yaya does it? Because although Komurasaki has been left at the military safe house, Yaya is suspicious that loli may have done something to him and wants him to take his pants off! But Shouko is glad he is back. He knows she used him as a decoy to further her investigation on Divine Works. He still feels guilty that someone died but Shouko thinks he is conceited. Even if he had Yaya, it would be unbelievable if he thinks he could save something that was meant to die. As Ravi is a Ban Doll, it is difficult to keep it human parts in it for extended periods. Unless you use it as vessel to sustain the parts. Though Sonic is an excellent circuit, the mana cost is too heavy for normal use but if you can lessen that burden the puppeteer bears by using live parts, then why not? Raishin fears the army plans to wage a war on global super powers but Shouko reminds him he is just a pawn and all he needs to do is obey his orders. His next order is to steal Ravi’s circuit without being noticed. He’ll have the Evening Party for this convenience. Raishin is not too keen because it means killing it. And so the Evening Party commencement ceremony gets under way but Raishin-Yaya faces off with Loki-Cherubim. Yaya is only reduced to dodging since Raishin isn’t giving her his mana to fight back. Since he still feels guilty over Yomi’s death, he uses his own back to protect Yaya from being cut by Loki’s blade.

Episode 7
Raishin remembers he was thrown out of his house by his father. Nadeshiko was sad but he acted like he didn’t care and this made her hate him. Loki reports to his dad that he cannot kill Raishin or he will be stripped of his qualifications. He couldn’t take his gauntlet because of Yaya. This means the longer he stays in battle, the longer Raishin risks losing his life. Apparently higher ranked members can jump in to participate although this means Loki has to continue fighting till the end or he goes out. He jumped into the battle because Frey is weak and didn’t stand a chance to win. So squaring off with her will show the difference in strength of their different series. Yaya is like a girl in distraught, blaming herself that Raishin got hurt trying to protect her like before. Irori had to calm her down because being stressed out like this isn’t going to do anybody any good. So Yaya prays to God to save him and promises she won’t get jealous if he flirts around or gets a girlfriend… She sounded so jealous in saying that… Raishin is being operated by Doctor and thanks to his devil’s luck, he misses death by millimetres. The Evening Party continues with Loki facing off with Frey. Of course Frey is weak but before she is defeated, suddenly she emits lots of mana. Ravi goes berserk and attacks them. It seems Frey’s mana is being forcibly extracted and at this rate she will die. Charlotte wanted to stop this match but Kimberly tells her it is rude to do so. Besides, there is someone else more appropriate for the job. Here comes Raishin to the rescue. Looks better now but his injuries are still there. The guys start arguing they will be the one to put a stop to this. Do we have time for this? Ravi is like a mad dog. Loki intends to kill Ravi to save Frey but Raishin will save them both. In the end, both cooperate and Raishin makes Frey unconscious so to return Ravi to normal.

Shouko operates on Ravi in the aftermath and extracts the magic circuit. Raishin thanks her for not killing Ravi but it’s too early for that. She explains it was Frey who went berserk and supplied Ravi with more mana than he could handle. Frey has a magic circuit fitted within that allows her mana to be drawn out. She and Loki are those Promised Children, manmade mediums and Divine Works’ guinea pigs. It would be great if they are easily mass produced but the failure rate is high. Just like all those test tube babies he saw. Shouko knows Raishin is mad but won’t let him leave the academy. Besides, he is no match for the chairman of Divine Works, Bronson. He became Wiseman 20 years ago. She reminds him about their bet and won’t let him die a pathetic death. Raishin checks up on Frey and Ravi. They’re both doing well. Frey still blames herself for being weak and useless, the reason everyone dies. Raishin of course doesn’t believe she is the cause. Looks like he is going to visit the orphanage again but Charlotte stands in his way. He views she doesn’t stand to lose anything no matter what happens to him. Oh, it does. He saved her so it is only fitting for her to repay the favour by keeping him safe. I think there is more to this reason. Get the hint? Raishin shows the charm that saved him once so please continue to believe in it and not him. Eh? What? Thanks to Komurasaki, Raishin and Yaya manage to sneak out of the academy and head to the orphanage. The shed is empty so they think they have been dismantled. They are attacked by Angel series automatons. Loki turns up for a showdown.

Episode 8
Kimberly and Frey sneak out to the orphanage. Loki turns on his comrades and fights alongside Raishin. They’re still throwing insults at each other, though. Loki then comes face to face with his father, Bronson and his automaton, Lucifer. Seems Loki has just been pretending to follow his orders all this while. Of course Bronson is still superior as his Lucifer pins down Cherubim. Bronson hints he had a hand in Loki and Frey’s parents’ death since he went all out just to get rare children like them. Bronson also explains his deception to Frey as part of mankind and science’s advancement and progress. That is what the academy, and Wiseman are for so a few lies along the way is acceptable. You think those guys care? Loki follows Raishin’s method to seemingly fuse Cherubim with Lucifer and then scatter heat and make Lucifer go into meltdown. So when Lucifer is out of commission, the guys collapse due to exhaustion. I thought the part they ‘drop dead’ looked funny. But they have enough energy to move their mouth and insult each other to the max. I think this is the best part so far… Bronson knows he is defeated and thinks he will just end this by killing Yaya. Unfortunately he is put to a stop by Kimberly and her fellow hooded friends. They are Cruzada and the watchdogs of the Magician’s Association. She arrests him for illegal experiment and attempted murder and kidnap. She knows about his past. He was once dubbed Angel and when he grew up, he went from wielding swords using telekinesis to relying on a machine. He named it Lucifer for old times’ sake. Thus he is Sword Angel. Bronson thinks if he had become Wiseman then, he wouldn’t have been arrested for such petty crime. Kimberly disagrees because despite Wiseman stands above the magic code, it doesn’t spare him from the arms of the law. Since he forcibly performed experiments on children, not even Wiseman can get away from it. Raishin and Loki are recuperating back at the academy’s infirmary. Yaya as usual playing the naughty nurse and desperately trying to take off his pants. Frey comes in to thank them and looks like she has won her matches so far. She doesn’t want the guys to fight and hints that Raishin could be family one day. I think this just escalates the misunderstanding. Yaya is so going to kill him. As he hides on the rooftop, he sees Charlotte jumping off the edge! He grabs her but because he is still hurt, he falls with her. Just by calling Yaya, his automaton comes rescuing them. And she’s still not happy about it. Charlotte is acting strange. She wants Raishin to take responsibility to kill her or pound her with his might via his carnal desires. WTF. Why do chicks always have to say things that make Yaya want to kill Raishin? Before she can do that, they see Charlotte riding Sigmund blasting down the clock tower. What just happened?

Facing Elf Speeder Arc

Episode 9
While celebrating the clock tower’s anniversary and before Edward gives his speech, that’s when Charlotte blasted it down. Raishin speaks to Frey and the girl who was going to commit suicide is Henriette or Henri for short, Charlotte’s sister who transferred to this academy. She tried to commit suicide 6 times but all ended in failure. Good or bad luck? Also, Charlotte has been missing since yesterday. Meanwhile Charlotte is seen talking to Cedric Granville. He reminds her that less than 40 hours remain till the promised time. Frey helps Raishin to look for Charlotte. She has her dog automatons smell Charlotte’s panties. It’s for her scent. This causes Yaya to get that insecure attitude again. The dogs find Henri trying to hang herself in the forest. They stop her and Raishin questions her about Charlotte’s whereabouts and if she remains silent, he’ll let the dogs loose on her. She misinterprets he wants to rape her with bestiality and you know, this sets of a domino effect that the girls think he is really a pervert. Oh, Henri got away while Yaya is strangling him. That night, Raishin stumbles into Charlotte who wants him to stop talking to Henri and stay out of this or else she will kill him for real. Funny, didn’t she say she wanted to protect him? Of course he isn’t going to back out after seeing her crying face. Yeah. The foolproof method to get this guy involved in anything. Flashback reveals Sigmund was talking to Charlotte about not being honest of her feelings for Charlotte. Of course she still denies she has feelings for Raishin because if she did, it would make her feel like an easy woman. That’s when Henri came back and Charlotte is glad to see her and finds out her mom is still alive. However Henri is here to play her part: To bring Charlotte unhappiness.

While Raishin waits for his opponent at the Evening Party, Henri tries to slit her throat but Charlotte stops her. How could she bring her unhappiness when she got to see her little sister and know her mom is still alive? She promises once this is over, they’ll live together again. Raishin sees Kimberly for answers. He knows Charlotte isn’t doing this on her own and must be manipulated as she won’t use Sigmund as a murder tool. Although there were no casualties during the attack, it is speculated her target was Edward. Could she have a grudge against him? To only person they can think of is Felix. His family would gain nothing from killing Raishin but if they kill Edward, they might get reinstated with Lord Walter returning to politics and reclaim their honour. As we know, the Belew family had one of their automaton dogs almost killed a boy who turned out to be a royal prince and was stripped of their title. The royal still sees them as enemies. Because public opinion always swings towards the popular, if Charlotte carries out the assassination, Kingsfort family will be able to return to their former status. Telling Raishin to stay out of this isn’t going to help even though what Kimberly said is merely speculation. But there won’t be a problem if he brings proof. That night Raishin talks to Yaya about why he wants to help Charlotte so bad. He doesn’t know it himself but it’s not like he is in love with her. The topic turns into one that has Yaya becoming a horny monster, forcing him to take her as his wife or do it with him now! Next day, Raishin hears rumours that Charlotte being branded a criminal for going against authority and possibly in cohorts with Raishin too because he managed to slip into Evening Party last minute. Raishin sees Edward and his men investigating the clock tower. Charlotte and Sigmund appear and attack. Raishin rushes to save Henri from being killed but the ground collapses.

Episode 10
Charlotte is being attacked by automata but Cedric’s butler automaton, Shin kicks their ass and brings her back to his master. She claims she has kept her promise that she has killed Edward but Cedric argues that is not certain yet. He shows her an interesting surveillance footage that Raishin and Henri are still alive underground. Meanwhile Kimberly brings Yaya to discuss with her fellow Cruzada members about investigating Sanctuary of Fools and protecting the headmaster. They also view Raishin could be the promised one as Father mentioned. Raishin and Henri trek through the dark tunnels but since she is injured, they stop to rest. Don’t worry, they’ll get out alive because Yaya will find him till the ends of the earth as long as he is alone with another girl. Scary. Suddenly one of Magnus’ automatons, Hotaru pops up before Raishin, asking if he is friend or foe. Her mask lifts a little and Raishin could see her face. Isn’t she Nadeshiko? He remembers Magnus took her apart to create a God. Magnus and Edward are also down here as Edward clarifies that Magnus is his bodyguard and wants Raishin to refrain from doing anything rash. Kimberly sees Loki and makes a deal with him. If he can guard a certain man, she will give him this De Organum book. Raishin is attacked by Shin but Hotaru under orders from Magnus fends him off till he withdraws. Once the rescue party finds them and brings them out, Yaya is so happy crying in Raishin’s arms. Not because he is safe but he spent countless hours with that vixen!

So it’s no surprise that back in their room, she’s throwing a tantrum to get him naked and do it with him or it’s a sign that he hates her. I don’t know how Frey outside interprets this. Even more surprising, Raishin has a fiancée! He’s not lying, isn’t he? He never told her as he never had a chance and was afraid. Also, it wasn’t because he didn’t want to ruin the relationship but didn’t want to risk being beaten up. I guess it doesn’t make a difference now that Yaya is pulverizing him. Of course he isn’t going to agree with the marriage as it was arranged by his parents. Although his family is no more, the engagement isn’t officially broken off yet. Cedric shows Charlotte an interesting clip that Raishin and Yaya went into Henri’s room to kidnap her. Charlotte becomes enraged when Cedric insults Henri but was slapped by Shin. He orders Shin to go retrieve Henri and kill Raishin if he wishes. Charlotte wonders why he is doing this. Because it’s fun. Felix is his cousin and he would please him greatly by messing with her. Charlotte feels he isn’t the Cedric she knows and some shadow who altered his appearance to look like him. While Henri is screaming rape, Raishin knows she doesn’t want to die and had no choice. He explains Charlotte was probably coerced to kill the headmaster to keep her alive. Henri breaks down that she tried to kill herself but they always stopped her and can’t escape her surveillance. Raishin doesn’t intend to escape from them. They ‘kidnapped’ her to lure them out as they surely want to take back their hostage. And true enough here comes Shin. Let’s get this party starting.

Episode 11
Raishin takes a beating and Yaya is no match for Shin. But Shin is forced to retreat when Frey and Loki join in. Frey pecks Loki in his cheek for protecting Raishin. Didn’t see that coming, huh? Shin reports his failure to Cedric but he mentions it was just an act. What the Granvilles want is to back up the Kingsforts but what they want is to show off Shin as to the academy’s brass. Preparations are going as planned as they even revealed the Sanctuary of Fools. Cedric knows Charlotte cannot assassinate Edward since Magnus is his bodyguard. Not even an entire army. So why send Charlotte to do the job? If she succeeds, it’ll be great but if she fails, the blame will be pinned on the Granvilles. As of now, he knows they’re trying to make a secret pact by teaming up to research the 2 forms of God. If a Granville butler were to show up at that time, it would raise suspicions. But it brings happiness to Cedric to see unhappiness of others. Raishin is recuperating with Henri by his side. She’s still blaming herself, please kill her to save Charlotte, blah, blah, blah. Also, she envies her sister, hates her and all that crap. As usual Raishin disagrees and wants to know her true feelings. Which is of course to save her sister. That’s enough for him to help out. But he runs into Shouko who is in foul mood. She gives him 2 choices. Go back to bed or sleep where he stands. He won’t have either. Shouko orders Yaya back to her side but she truly wants to help Raishin. Shouko gives him a slap and warns him never to show his face around her again. Charlotte and Sigmund are preparing for another attack with Sigmund warning her to stop this as there is still hope. She doesn’t need to throw away the happiness she sought in life. And here comes Raishin telling her to stop because if she carries out the assassination, she can kiss goodbye to her family’s revival. Still not convinced? Well, time to fight it out. Raishin wants her to stop confusing her enemies and to let him help her out since she did say her enemies are stronger. He doesn’t care how much of a burden she is to him. All she needs to do is believe in him. I guess those words nailed it. Charlotte feels Raishin is burning up but have no time to help him since Shin is here to remind her about her mission. Raishin gets back up and fight but is still no match. Charlotte thinks a puppeteer is nearby but Shin reminds her automatons cannot produce mana and even if they are Ban Dolls, there is a human part implanted which give them mana. So how does he fight all by himself? Divine Mechanics. A Machine Doll.

Episode 12
More flashbacks on Raishin past. When Shouko found him left for dead, she also gave him a choice to die by freezing to death here or fighting against Tenzen Akabane. If he defeats Tenzen, he wins. Otherwise, she will take his body. Frey sees Henri trying to slit her wrist and stops her in time. She also lectures her about trusting him since he puts his life on the line and never abandons his duty. Back to Raishin and co, they’re having a tough time fighting Shin who claims he is both a machine and a doll, the latter meaning to be human. What? Eventually, they find his flaw and take him down and no matter what kind of doll or automaton he is, his mana will sure run out. Pretty soon, one of Frey’s dogs sniff out Cedric as part of Raishin’s plan. Because when an automaton is low on mana, the puppeteer will be nearby to replenish and the dog will be able to pick up the puppeteer’s smell. Raishin knows Cedric is the Evening Party Executive Committee Chair and wants him to spill everything. But Cedric although impressed, remains a step ahead and counter attacks. Before Shin can kill Raishin, distraught Yaya bursts into flames and turns into something super to fight on par with him. Cedric and Shin had no choice but to escape, though Cedric isn’t upset about this failure as he got to see something interesting. Cedric turns out to be Alice Bernstein in disguise and her nickname is Elf Speeder. She is ranked 87th in the Evening Party and is to take on Raishin in the next round. Charlotte reconciles with Henri and from what I understand, it stems from Charlotte’s jealousy that Henri’s breasts are bigger than hers by an inch. Don’t even ask… Kimberly talks to Magnus about somebody trying to make a Machine Doll 2 years ago although Magnus still considers a Machine Doll as a Ban Doll since it uses human parts. Tenzen is Magnus. Kimberly advises him that creating humans is the greatest taboo for a magician.

Raishin is recuperating in bed. Henri the maid is feeding him. I wonder how Yaya the nurse is holding in. Doctor tries to flirt and fool around with Henri but once he learns she is Charlotte’s sister, he leaves disappointed. Don’t want to mess around, eh? Charlotte is here to apologize but it descends into a misunderstanding that Raishin loves women with big boobs (even Frey got dragged in). Little sister consoles big sister that Raisin loves small ones too and will shower women of all sizes with his lust. That just makes him sound like a sex maniac. Before Loki can kill him for the ruckus and Yaya going to lose her cool, Kimberly comes in to explain Edward’s verdict. The clock tower is to be rebuilt from scratch and the Belew family’s assets are frozen will cover that huge cost. Basically the government will be paying for it and taking the fall. She doesn’t know the entire story either but from what she heard, a certain millionaire negotiated in Parliament about this and his daughter is a student in this school so make sure they don’t get on her bad side. Since Henri’s applications were fabricated, her enrolment is rejected. However Kimberly personally hires her as her lab maid assistant. So that is what the maid outfit is for? Raishin knows this case is far from over but he is sure they’ll be alright in this messed up world. And then cue for Yaya to bug him about making her his wife. Here we go again. The road to recovery is long…


5 minute specials you get when you buy the DVDs. There are 6 of them in total although I only saw the first 5. Light hearted. No relation with the plot and some for fanservice.

Special 1
Raishin just got off the phone with Shouko at the train station. He thought he saw Nadeshiko. As usual, Yaya is trying to be the flirtiest and most seductive sexual predator to lure Raishin in. Whether it is conquering his ‘Big Ben’ or making every part of him hers or even going to be the main course (he was talking about the Evening Party you dimwit), Raishin won’t fall for her tricks. He remembers he saw the fireworks in Tokyo with Nadeshiko many years ago. Once everything ends, he hopes once this is over, they can return to Japan and watch the fireworks.

Special 2
First bare tits! Shouko, Irori and Komurasaki are soaking in the hotspring. Irori is feeling edgy, worried that somebody may be watching them. But what is such scene if you don’t have girls fondling the boobs of others. That’s what Shouko is interested with Irori’s grown melons. And then something starts molesting them. Could it be somebody is using some high level magic that goes undetected? Shouko won’t get out since she thinks it is a ploy by the peeping tom to see their naked body. But when Irori cannot take it anymore, she freezes the entire hotspring into ice. After the girls go in to get warm, we are left to our imagination what that strange creature that molested them was.

Special 3
Frey wants to borrow Charlotte’s bath since hers is clogged. Although Charlotte likes one of Frey’s automaton dogs, she is not too pleased with Frey’s super nice body and huge racks. And then Frey feels something on her boobs. It’s making her feel uncomfortable. Charlotte thinks it is some magic spirit and casts a spell to ward it off. But this only reveals her humongous boobs. Not happy? Frey says she put on some weight but when she whispers it to her, it’s that sour face again. Not happy too? Charlotte sulks as Sigmund tries to reason with her that muscles are heavier than fats. Which means if they weigh the same, her muscles are more developed than Frey’s. That’s not what she wants to hear and tosses him right into Frey’s boobs.

Special 4
Flashback to Raishin and Nadeshiko kiddie days. They were watching the fireworks when Nadeshiko got lost. Luckily Raishin found her but this means they got separated from their parents. To soothe her, he gives her a sparkly marble he found. Nadeshiko thinks she saw a lost girl too but it turns out to be a spirit and Raishin can’t see it since he has no such powers. She wants to help her look for her parents but is told that she is looking for a sparkly marble. Nadeshiko gives that marble to her. She doesn’t need it since she has Raishin. The happy spirit girl disappears. As they go back, Nadeshiko hopes they can come back and watch this next year. He promises. She likes him. Happy ending when they are reunited with their parents.

Special 5
Despite the title as “Private Lesson: Alone In The Nurse Room With A Pretty Lady”, it is misleading enough to make you think something steamy is going on. In fact, this entire special is just talk. Kimberly brings Shouko to talk to Doctor about magic force. So as he explains about force of gravity and force of attraction as well as other factors such as electricity, Doctor and Shouko are slowly making out a hot steamy passion (nothing explicit for your information)! Unfortunately that was just his imagination and he is snapped back to reality where the talk continues about personification of fairies and its reason of existence. When Doctor mentions about childhood disorder that may bring about the possibility of this case, Shouko goes into foul mood and leaves. Sorry, Doctor. No dinner date for you. And Kimberly could guess right that she realized he was fantasizing about it.

Insecure Machine Doll
I am a benevolent and tolerant guy. But there are 3 things that I cannot stand when it comes to anime: 1) Animes with plot that are hard to understand; 2) Animes that seem promising at first but failed to live up to the hype towards the end; 3) Animes that ends abruptly. Yeah. Back to square one. Unfortunately that really is my sentiment for this anime. I was somewhat looking forward to the Evening Party since it was a royal rumble style. I was expecting Raishin as the underdog to meet and defeat higher ranked opponents as each night passes. However, we only see one proper match in the Evening Party and that is during the Sword Angel arc. Otherwise, smarty pants Raishin goes off and gets involved in other issues, playing detective over a serial killer of automatons, exposing some conspiracy of genetically modified children and trying to save somebody’s sister from killing herself and indirectly foiling the headmaster’s assassination. So you see? How not to get disappointed? Of course there is the problem that if this series was really going to be battle royale style and every episode is a fight with opponents, it would have become a boring and repetitive pattern without any back story, plot, etc. Even so, I personally thought it was better than what was given.

Thus the only thing which I find very amusing is Yaya’s insecurity. Yup. Despite being such an annoying b*tch in bugging Raishin to be her wife or getting down and dirty with her, somehow it never gets tired. At least for me. At least it beats all those confusing distracting storyline which I am struggling to comprehend. I’m not sure if I even do in the end. And thus Yaya is the most amusing character in this series. If she ever really becomes Raishin’s wife, it will be game over definitely. I don’t know if this is really love or lust. Imagine, she already is so insecure of the slightest thing and going paranoid over the silliest things, its exaggeration superbly enhanced and magnified if it involves another girl, by becoming his wife, she will already be even more controlling! Raishin would be a dead man by then. You’re supposed to control your automaton not the other way round. She is so suspicious of him running away with other girls, cheating her, it just shows the level of trust she has of him in terms of their relationship. Besides, she has been with Raishin for so long, she should have known his habits and believe in him. Instead, all sorts of accusations and suspicions are grabbed out of thin air and thrown at him while that poor guy is probably tired of going to great lengths to object.

The other amusing part is Charlotte’s tsundere. I suppose she is fast in establishing herself as the tsundere archetype of this anime. To a point that she is really annoying but we like it. Like a true tsundere, she won’t admit it but we know she likes Raisin a lot because of the numerous times she helps in out in subsequent arcs. With Frey in the fray too (can I consider Henri too?), at the rate this series is going, I thought it would turn into some harem cat fight. Who am I kidding? Raishin has built up a very high resistance to Yaya’s extreme sexual flirtation and with him pretty occupied with helping others in addition to his own goal, romance is the biggest lacking factor in this anime. That guy has no time for it. He’s unbreakable in this sense. But thankfully if you think about it this way, it would be just disgusting to see a human having some sort of sexual relations with his automaton no matter how close she resembles to a human being. In a way, it would make him sound like an otaku loser. Another amusing bit is the spat between Raishin and Loki. It is like they have this tendency to outdo each other’s insults. They want to show he is tougher than the other but I think they’re both just the same hot-headed stubborn guys.

Looks like Raishin’s goal of defeating Magnus will be a long way and from the ‘adventures’ we have seen in this anime, it is likely he will be sidetracked with more other ‘side missions’ before reaching his goal. He isn’t such a bad guy and has his kind and cool side to it. Probably because of that, he has become the target of the girls making fun of him by being accused as a pervert. Yes. It is like as though they are doing it on purpose just to tease him as they can’t be honest with their own feelings so might as well call this guy a pervert. For example, Frey is a good example of being guilty of this and the other girls like Charlotte and Henri (don’t even mention Yaya’s name) would gullibly believe it. They believe this instead of Raishin’s own mouth that he is not some sex maniac? It’s like they have lots of pent up frustrations and want to take it out on him this way. I can understand Yaya’s sexual frustration but let’s not even go there.

The character development feels okay (sometimes I feel the fanservice that of Yaya makes up for it). Each one had their own personality and back story to tell. Each has a dark and tragic past that made them enrol in this academy with the ultimate goal to be Wiseman. Feels a bit like a shonen anime because opponents that Raishin and Yaya defeated somewhat become their allies (or not a foe if you want to put it in another way) as seen in Charlotte, Ravi and Loki. Can I consider Henri to be part of the gang too since she has been saved countless times from suicide. If this formula goes on, I can guess that Alice would also become part of the gang. Hey, you’d think Raishin would lose in the next Evening Party round? If that really happens, the story would end and there is no way that kid is going to take on Magnus who occupies the very top seat. As the character development mainly surrounds the kids, it makes the adults have this mysterious feel. Like Kimberly and her secret Cruzada organization, Shouko with her Karyuusai name and Magnus’ seems like he has something more than meets the eye. Then there are other automata like Irori and Komurasaki just making their cameo but didn’t contribute anything too much yet.

The action part feels decent. Though they are of decent entertainment value, somehow to me it feels like the spells ordered from puppeteer to the automaton is like as though they pull it out from thin air. I don’t know. It sounds like a lot of mumbo-jumbo. Especially with Raishin whose favourite is some 36 or 48 Fiery Thrusts that sends powered up Yaya into some attacking frenzy. Looks the same to me. Otherwise, each automaton has their own unique combat arsenal. But of course that is limited to just a few variations. I mean, take for instance, you’re not going to see Sigmund breath destructive beams from his mouth via Lustre Cannon and Lustre Flare. Because many of the fights happen at night (it’s called Evening Party for a reason), it may get a little too dark to see anything.

The art and animation style feels different. There is something about the character designs that make them look like standard anime style but yet unique on its own. The characters’ face looks plain and simple enough to easily pass them off like they came out from some cute kawaii moe themed anime. Something like the style as seen in Gochuumon Wa Usagi Desu Ka but half the moe-ness. Lerche, a relatively new anime production studio has only produced a handful of animes such as Carnival Phantasm, Danganronpa and Maji De Watashi Ni Koi Shinasai. CGI is heavily used during the fight scenes as certain automata like Sigmund and Cherubim are fully computer generated. It is smooth but you can still see the difference between the 2D and 3D movements which might be jarring at certain angles.

Although Kana Asumi as Frey is recognizable, she does a decent job making her character sound insecure, weak and in a way monotonous. There is nothing wrong, though. I just thought it was a waste for her not to use her lively ‘joker’ voice like the titular character in Haiyore! Nyaruko-san. Hitomi Harada is Yaya (Himeji in Baka To Test To Shoukanjuu), I like her voice when she goes into that jealous b*tch rage. She sounds so funny… And dangerous. Other casts include Hiro Shimono as Raishin (Keima in The World God Only Knows), Megumi Takamoto as Charlotte (Himea in Itsuka Tenma No Kurousagi), Asuka Nishi as Henri (Shinobu in Kin-iro Mosaic), Jouji Nakata as Sigmund (Giroro in Keroro Gunsou), Nobuhiko Okamoto as Loki (Accelerator in To Aru Majutsu No Index), Shizuka Itou as Kimberly (Hinagiku in Hayate No Gotoku), Yukana as Shouko (Cecilia in Infinite Stratos), Ai Kayano as Irori (Mei in Sukitte Iinayo), Yui Ogura as Komurasaki (Hinata in Ro-Kyu-Bu), Yuuki Ono as Magnus (Moral in Hamatora), Risa Taneda as Cedric (Mirai in Kyoukai No Kanata), Takahiro Sakurai as Shin (Suzaku in Code Geass), Yuuki Kaji as Felix (Alibaba in Magi) and Atsushi Ono as Edward (Giriko in Bleach). My favourite Mamiko Noto plays a minor role as Lisette while Kana Hanazawa is Nadeshiko/Hotaru.

Anicca by Hitomi Harada is the opening theme. The rock pop anime song isn’t bad. But it is the ending theme that feels weird. Maware! Setsugetsuka by the trio of Ai Kayano, Hitomi Harada and Yui Ogura (basically the voice of the 3 automatons of Shouko) is such a strange song that you wonder if it is really right for this show. Just imagine a traditional Japanese song singing at a rap pace! Or you fast forward it twice the speed. Try singing the lyrics like rap too. You have to be close to a robot to pull off those lines without biting your tongue. Then you have the characters spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning… Oops! Got caught in the endless spinning trap, which I think is the highlight of it. And then you got the background voices going “Ah, ah, ah~ Pon!”. But if you cast away your suspicions, this song is fun to hear.

Overall, unfortunately as far as this season is concerned, I prefer to see Yaya and the other girls make silly accusations that Raishin is a serial sex offender instead of seeing some progress in the storyline. Well, if this season actually wrapped up the Evening Party, it shows that there is nothing great about it. Or maybe something more nefarious will take place. So for a great tournament, it takes greater time to get around. Perhaps a second season would do justice to this. In the mean time, have more of Yaya’s amusing sexual harassments and probably a personal wish of mine to see her become a psychotic yandere and kill everyone with her blood. Shameful. But when you have a life-like automaton who can tell you to drop your pants, force you to make love with her and make jokes about breast sizes, for an automaton like her she should be shameful. I know I should be ashamed of myself for wishing such things but I am a benevolent and tolerant guy…

Fantasista Doll

February 1, 2014

What do you get when you combine Yugioh and Rozen Maiden? You get Fantasista Doll of course! I’m not saying that this series is taken from both animes but it brought to mind such animes because it involves a card game and then we have lots of cute dolls wearing different types of outfits and some of them in gothic fashion. Cute dolls in gothic outfit. Mmm… I suppose that’s the reason why I decided to take a peek at this. Because of the card game theme of this series, I initially thought this was one of the many games to be adapted into an anime. Apparently it was from a manga of the same name. Of course it would be a waste not to turn this into a game and besides the novel and other spin-offs, Fantasista Doll was also released as a game only on those Smartphones. I guess that’s the trend these days. So people like me without any Smartphones would miss out in playing the game. Not that I’m interested in it in the first place anyway.

Episode 1
Uzume Uno is woken up by her sister Miko to go to school. Along the way they meet their friend Komachi Seishou before parting. In the crowded train, Uzume thought somebody wanted to steal her bag but it seems a card device was left in it. At school, Manai Uzuki seeks Uzume’s request to join her Card Club as it doesn’t have enough members. She wants Uzume to join since she has won a big tournament before. That was ages ago. Uzume turns her down. Probably Uzume had watched too many horror movies at night, so she’s quite jumpy when she feels somebody stalking her. She runs for her life seeking help. A voice would gladly assist her provided she completes the entry process that includes her 3 sizes and the age she had her first crush. WTF. Sounds like some fishy scam to me. After agreeing to form a team with them, the process is complete and a Fantasista Doll, Sasara materializes before her. Kagami Totori wants to take a certain card from Uzume and summons her doll, Kunoichi to do the job. Sasara breaks the wall for Uzume to escape but has to stay close to her or else she will disappear. Following Sasara’s instructions, because Uzume had some experience in playing the card game, she re-summons Sasara with some writing card to equip her with the appropriate gear to fight back. Sasara wins so Kagami lets them off for today. Uzume keeps the card of the doll she defeated and with Sasara’s advice, uses a card to repair the surrounding damage. I never knew it could be this useful. Later outside, Sasara puts up crocodile tears to plead to Uzume not to leave her because if bad guys catch her, they’ll do bad stuffs to her. Uzume will think about it. Later she happens to meet Komachi and because she can’t really tell her what is happening (she herself finds it hard to believe), she just explains it vaguely. Komachi thinks that what has happened is fate. By thinking so, she’ll feel much better.

Uzume thought she could relax in her bath back home. However with Sasara coming out, she introduces the rest of the dolls of the cards in her device. They are Madeleine, Katia, Shimeji and Akari. They are her dolls and Uzume is furious Sasara didn’t explain everything to her. The dolls make themselves home as they cram into the little bathtub. Uzume thinks that since she is the master, she can get them to do her homework and clean her room. Obviously, these warrior dolls aren’t going to do her chores and reprimand their noob master! Who is the real master? Uzume can’t cancel them because something bad will happen. So bad that they can’t say it. Gosh. What has she gotten into? Noticing the wound on Sasara’s shoulder, she thanks her for saving her. It is the first time a master ever thanked them. Uzume gets a call from a mysterious handsome guy, Rafflesia congratulating her for getting along with her dolls. As she looks outside her window, a bouquet of flower is thrown at her. He explains the Rafflesia flower represents the boundary between being asleep and awake. It has been bestowed upon her the dreams that are the Fantasista Dolls. He wants her to become a card master. That is her mission. He expects a lot from them and will be watching them.

Episode 2
Uzume undergoes rigorous training to summon other weapon and trap cards. Let’s say Sasara is not impressed with this noob. Next morning, Uzume is too tired to wake up so Akari is in Sasara’s stead to do so. She almost destroyed her bed! I bet she’s fully up now. Uzume tries not to let her family get suspicious of her new friends and skips breakfast. In class, she sees visions of her dolls playing football in her notebook and also in the window pane. It’s really getting to her. Manai approaches her to join the card club again but Uzume says she’ll think about it. Later Sasara and the other dolls confront her. Sasara calls her a liar because of not telling the truth. She didn’t want to join the card club and because she didn’t say no, she gave Manai false hopes. Sure, she wants to be nice but it’s just like running away. Why is a doll lecturing her on this? Besides, Sasara hates those who lie and betray. Uzume also argues back the bad attitude Sasara has. She has had it with her and regrets contracting with them. She doesn’t care about the bad repercussions and wants to return them to their previous owner. Upon reaching the Kawagoe Research Facility, the place seems rundown. The dolls don’t remember the place like this. Uzume walks through the dark hallways and accidentally triggers a trap card. A bunch of German military dolls go into offensive action to take out the intruder. At a lost, Madeleine suggests summoning them as they will never abandon their master. All the dolls except Sasara (sulking in her doll house) go into battle gear. They protect Uzume and in return she too protects her dolls. However a bigger trap card is activated and puts Uzume’s dolls out of action. Before Uzume could be slashed, Sasara pops up to save her. She will fend the enemies off to buy her time to escape. However she will stay on and fight to avenge her friends. She devices a strategy with Sasara to lead the remaining enemies to gather in a small area before unleashing a trap card to defeat them all. When they make their way to the president’s room, it is all clean and nice. Katia accidentally opens a secret room. It contains rare cards and Rafflesia gladly makes Uzume the owner since they have overcome hardship to reach here so it is theirs. The rare cards serve as a symbol of the bonds between them. When Sasara flies Uzume home, both girls apologize for saying too much. Sasara reveals their previous master lied, betrayed and abandoned them. She thinks Uzume is a dependable master. When they land, Manai is before them. Before Uzume gets a chance to explain herself, Manai summons her dolls.

Episode 3
Manai’s dolls are all sports/club related. The one in calligraphy has got to be a big joke because she wrote some poem and sends Uzume into depression. Nice attack! Uzume believes Manai’s mind has been manipulated so she summons her dolls to save with a condition of not fighting back. Huh? WTF? Till Madeleine suggest to use some trap card, the enemy is taken in by the cold desserts and Manai returns to her normal self once she has eaten some. Seriously. Desserts. Manai explains she went to see a fortune teller yesterday as she is curious if Uzume would join the club. She doesn’t remember much after that. Rafflesia notes that it must be the work of an organization called Mutual Dream Assurance Group or MDAG for short (no, it’s not some insurance company). Uzume must be on her guard since they have begun to move and will not stop till they collect the cards. Back home, Uzume is devastated that because she didn’t register in time, her team’s symbol is the first letter of her name. She feels it is ugly. Shimeji offers to draw. Let’s say she has the talent of becoming the next Picasso. Because Uzume feels Madeleine is the only dependable one, she begins depending on her to make decisions. From her class work to her test till the point she became her nutritionist! It’s getting annoying. So much so Uzume talks to Sasara to do something about. And that is locking her in her room! As much as it hurts her, Madeleine has no choice but to accept it if this is what her master wants. Meanwhile a bad master, Kira Kazunari is throwing tantrum and vandalising his stuff. He is trying to instil fear to his useless dolls that they are tools and are supposed to do what the master wants and grant him his wish. Scary dude. He gets an order from the organization for his next mission. Shimeji has completed her drawing of Uzume’s mug and sees Madeleine drawing the same. Madeleine’s is much better. Definitely. Very real. It made them realize they can’t stop thinking about the master. Perhaps Madeleine wants their master to care for them for real as she’s still worried about their previous master.

Uzume and Manai go search for the fortune teller but she is not at her usual place. While taking a break, the fortune teller comes to them. She pleads for them to save her because she cannot stand the cruelty of her master anymore and the way he treats them. The girls are brought to a large aquarium pool and when the fortune teller pushes her into the pool, they realize it’s a trap. Manai cannot summon her dolls since they are in recovery period so Uzume will have to summon hers. But her dolls aren’t willing to fight because they’re afraid of getting wet! Before a killer whale could eat Uzume, Madeleine saves her. Uzume feels bad for mistreating her but Madeleine doesn’t mind. The dolls serve their master because they want to and they would be happy to do so. That is the pride of a pro doll, to always act for their master. Everyone witnesses Kira’s cruelty in harming his own dolls so that he could attack the rest. Katia is complaining that she is soaked so Madeleine suggests using a mackerel card that turns her into an embarrassing mackerel outfit. Vent your frustration on the enemy! Yeah, the enemy is pathetically running away. Kira uses his dolls to conjure a large amount of electricity, which is hurting her too. So to stop this, Uzume must hand over her cards. She throws one at him. Sasara and the rest rescue the unfortunate doll. Kira uses this chance to escape. Back at his base after getting a legendary locksmith to crack open the safe, he gets all emotional clinging on to the memento but needs more points to open another precious box. He hopes he will be able to see his love, Marina. But the dolls snigger he got dumped and then put on their best behaviour when he gives them that evil stare. While Katia still complains the mackerel smell can’t come off, Madeleine and Uzume make amends. Shimeji shows her new design which is a sparrow (suzume) because it sounds close to Uzume’s name. She views them both as similar because they’re small and lack any nose. Is that an insult? Uzume seeks Madeleine’s advice and she gives the green light. As they turn their discussion about Kira and feeling bad for his dolls, Shimeji puts on a sad face thinking about her friend, Aloe.

Episode 4
Uzume’s dolls nearly got spotted by her family after trying to grab some snacks. So Uzume had no choice but to lecture them. Uzume even tries to introduce a take-your-turn-in-the-bath schedule but was quickly shut down (and that spinning wheel destroyed). Who is the real master here? However they notice Uzume acting differently. Shimeji remembers when she first woke up, it was in a lab. She was feeling scared and alone till a little boy came in to become her master. Their relationship quickly grew. Her ex-master had another doll named Aloe. While they were arguing who loves master more, the kid is glad that they both love him very much. Uzume takes Shimeji out to cheer her up. She buys her a ribbon and notices a ring Shimeji is wearing. Suddenly Shimeji becomes agitated. She wants her to stop being nice. It brings back traumatic memories because her ex-master gave her that ring before abandoning her. Shimeji believes Uzume will do the same thing too. She runs away in tears but comes into Kira who is bent on getting the cards to get his wish granted. Shimeji is shocked to see Aloe as one of his dolls. Aloe has no choice but to follow his orders and fight them. Uzume takes Shimeji and run. When they are in an open space void of the crowd, both sides summon their other dolls to fight. Kira uses an instruction card to bind Uzume’s dolls and temporarily restrict their movement. I’m not sure what he is going to do with some big battery to zap Shimeji’s data or something. Uzume tries to help but gets shocked. This pisses off Shimeji so much that she breaks free from the spell, beats the hell out of Kira and the other dolls.

Kira turns Aloe’s clothes into the God of Thunder to finish this once and for all. Aloe grabs Shimeji and at this rate the thunder will destroy them both. Aloe notes after she was abandoned, Kira picked her up but he was a kind master then. Now he has changed because he is chasing his memories of the past. She wants to heal his wounded heart. When Kira notes he doesn’t care what happens to Aloe because dolls are just data and that there are many replacement, that was the last straw for his dolls. They refuse to do his bidding anymore and plead to release them from his contract. Viewing this as a betrayal of his love, he uses some bomb activation card on Aloe. If it goes off, all her data will be erased and she will cease to exist. Uzume’s dolls free the rest but can’t take out the bomb embedded in Aloe’s chest. Not wanting everyone to get caught in the blast, Aloe flies up high in the sky and goes boom. Because Kira shows no remorse over the loss of some data, his dolls kick the daylights out of him. Shimeji shows the frozen card of Aloe. She has ceased functioning and if they don’t do anything, she’ll disappear forever. Rafflesia suggests there is a way. Among the rare cards taken from the lab, there is a recovery card that can only be used once. Uzume uses it and Aloe revives. Shimeji and Aloe emotionally reunite. As the dolls are to part ways, Aloe decides to stay by Kira’s side. She doesn’t think he’ll make it without him and doesn’t mind going through anything as long as she can be with him. Learn a thing or two about loyalty from her, dude. Kira admits his love is not strong enough and as repentance, gives Uzume all his cards. Back home, Uzume presents a ribbon to Shimeji as a gift for helping out. Now the other dolls want one too…

Episode 5
Manai is so happy that Uzume has decided to join the Card Club after considering what happened. Even happier because there is another one who just joined: Kagami. In front of Manai, she is the polite and cute girl. But before Uzume, she becomes the scheming brat that vows to take her cards one day. Better sleep with your eyes open. But the tension between them ease when Uzume returns Kunoichi card to her. Uzume then summons her dolls and she looks pretty angry. Serious. Since she is running low on allowance due to buying too much snacks for them, there will be none till her next allowance. Her dolls are devastated like as though it’s the end of the world. Can’t they wait that long? Manai suggests to do part time. And so we see Katia taking up some delivery job with Uzume and Kagami keeping a close watch on her. It doesn’t take long before they lose her. Since Katia is unsure of the place, she seeks help. That help turns out to be Miko. At the same time, some television crew is doing some street interview and stumbles upon the lolis. Imagine the horror in Uzume when she finds out Katia is on TV with Miko! And Katia is so excited to be on TV. She hopes the other dolls aren’t doing anything weird. Speaking of which, Madeleine is modelling, Shimeji a tour guide, Akari cleaning guns and Sasara fishing. Don’t laugh. These girls are serious. A kid, Yamato Yamada who is playing video games nearby, receives a direct order from the insurance company MDAG that his target is Katia. He is game for it. However it seems all the dolls he summoned meet some kind of bad luck. Whether it is getting bitten in the butt by a dog or the trolley hit a stone and sent her flying into the sea. All without Katia and Miko knowing what is really going on. As explained by Rafflesia, Katia has some sort of unconscious luck ability and it is kicking it. Yeah. It sure makes those dolls look silly.

When Katia and Miko arrive at the address, the owner is out. Katia is bent on completing her delivery job so she summons her wardrobe and puts on wings and takes Miko to fly in the sky! Can she believe what is going on before her eyes? As for Rafflesia, he manages to convince the people they’re filming some sort of movie. I’m sure with his good looks and smooth operator talk, even the old ladies believe him. Katia finishes her delivery but before Yamato could make his next move on her, he is confronted by Kagami. He recognizes her from the same organization. He agrees to play with her to see who is stronger. Obviously Kagami is. He and his dolls are beaten to a pulp. What a rough day. Miko is sad to see Katia on the verge of disappearing (because time on her own is almost up). After being assured that she isn’t going to die and not going away forever, they make a promise to meet again in the future. Meanwhile Kagami contacts MDAG’s director directly that she will personally get the job done and not let others interfere. The other dolls return with lots of snacks. I’m sure they used up their part time pay. Manai has also created a snacks fund so that those who want to eat snacks can contribute to it. She also names the group Masquerade Curry Uki Uki (taken after their first name syllables). I think she needs to work on her naming sense. With only a snack left, Manai breaks them to share among her friends but the dolls also want a piece of it. Even crumbs? Except for Katia. She’s sleeping after a tiring day but a happy smile is seen over her face.

Episode 6
Akari wakes up Uzume the usual devastating way. Bed destroyed. Uzume cowering under her desk. After she prepares herself for school, at the train station did she realize it is Sunday!!! Ah well, routine… Since they’re out, might as well go shopping but her dolls often wander off on their own so it’s hard to keep track of them. Akari meets Miina Rurukawa (holy sh*t! This scene looks like Suigin Tou and Shinku!). Miina seeks her master Ophelia’s answer. Since they are not the enemy, she wants Miina to invite them over to their house. It is filled with dolls (I thought they’re mostly creepy) but Uzume and co are baffled when Miina turns into a real doll after sitting back inside the glass. Back home, Miko comes into Uzume’s room and sees the entire doll gang. But she is delighted to see Katia and so they talk until they tire out. In the club room, Kagami warns Uzume if she has met any weird card masters because she wants to be the one who will take her cards. Yeah, yeah. We get it for the umpteenth time already. As they discuss about Miina, Kagami notes she has heard about her before. A goth-lolita fashionist and a Class A+ card master. Next day, Miina meets Uzume to talk. Miina feels devotion is the most beautiful thing in the world. She views dolls have them. After meeting Ophelia and the other dolls, she wished to be turn into a doll. Uzume notices her bandaged right hand so Miina says it’s just some punishment. Meanwhile Ophelia and the other dolls visit Uzume’s dolls to clarify about themselves. They also have a request for Akari and that is to be Miina’s master. She is assured she will never be abandoned because they are all Miina’s master. Though Uzume’s dolls disagree since they already have a master, Ophelia wonders if their master is reliable. Depending on Akari’s answer, they can order Miina to attack Uzume and take her by force. However they won’t force her and will await the good news. Miina hands Uzume a poster of this weekend’s bazaar and hopes she could come. Ophelia and the other dolls discuss about the reason Miina was made to talk to Uzume because she thought there is a chance Miina could be saved. Miina remembers her mother telling her she is the most beautiful person in the world.

At the bazaar, Miina shows Akari the dolls on sale. They have been abandoned by their previous master for a new one and are awaiting a new master. Sadly, many ended up never getting that. Meanwhile Rafflesia and his colleague, Rinto Mikasa have looked into Miina’s problem. She was taught devotion as the most beautiful thing in the world by her mom who treasured her like a doll. When she was 7, mother left for volunteer work around the world. A little accident happened and Miina burnt her hand in a science experiment. A mark was left behind. Miina asks Akari’s answer and the latter turns down to be her master because she already has Uzume. Relief that they don’t have to fight, Uzume and her dolls leave. Ophelia shows Miina the trade conditions they made with MDAG. Uzume and co suddenly find themselves in a field card. The creepy woods. Only Uzume is afraid… The gang thought they weren’t going to take her by force but it seems now they want to take all of them. As the dolls fight, it is further explained that the ugliness of that burnt mark was probably why her mom left her as believed by Miina. The condition set by the trade was to have a physician completely heal the mark. Akari fights back but gets bound. Uzume tries to help her and expresses she doesn’t want to lose her because they just became friends. The rest try to make Ophelia and co realize if they are okay with the way things are. They know they are trying their best to save her, the reason they wanted to invite Akari to their side. Uzume uses some bind card to free everything and this includes healing Miina’s mark. I don’t get it… Ophelia admits what has been said was true. They don’t want to be her master but her friend. While the other dolls thought Akari lost her chance to leave her unreliable master, Akari reveals she was locked in her room practising to become stronger. If she has the strength to protect her master, she won’t abandon her. Uzume realizes the Card Club is established to make friends. She thinks she should be friends with Kagami. You mean, she wasn’t?

Episode 7
Kiyoshi Kiyomizu from MDAG challenges Uzume to a duel. Uzume’s dolls are no match for his team of rugby dolls because of their mighty scrum barrier. Only when Kagami and Manai arrive to help out, Kiyoshi retreats. Rafflesia throws Uzume a special card. It will only activate when 5 dolls come together in cooperation for it contains a special ability. The card will display its true potential when the hearts of the master and dolls are as one. Back home, they test it out but it summons weird items. Kettle? Wheel? Party hat? WTF?! Meanwhile Kiyoshi is bent on retrieving Uzume’s card to get his wish. Something about turning sports into its true meaning because he has had it with those members who have turned sports into some sort of breeding ground for inappropriate relationships. Uzume and her dolls try to train their hearts to be one. Exercise? Disco? Twister? Human pyramid? But it finally pays off as the items turn into… Limbo Rock stick???!!! After they successfully to the limbo, the items further transform into cannon parts. Because they are unsure of the next step, it reverts into those original ordinary items. Sasara blames Uzume for not being a great master and thinks that she thinks her dolls are not working hard enough. This hurts Uzume and she runs away. Along the way she spots Komachi talking to her friends and thoughts of Komachi suited to be the dolls’ master cross her mind. Of course Komachi as usual talks to her and gives her advice. Uzume can’t be passive with people. If she wants to have someone do something, she too must do it. Her dolls are discussing if they have truly hurt their master this time. Even so, they realize MDAG is coming after her and the only thing they can do now is protect her and fight.

Once again, Kiyoshi faces off with Uzume. Both sides summon their dolls. Sasara assures Uzume they will protect her because it is their duty as dolls. They will buy her time while she figures out about the special card. After seeing her dolls getting blown away by the scrum, suddenly Uzume’s legs transforms into a tank!!! WTF???!!! Her desire to protect her dolls keeps the rugby team at bay. That is when the cannon assembles because master and dolls have their heart as one and Sasara will be the bullet to break through the iron defence. After chanting a long team line (seriously, is this necessary to activate the cannon?), Sasara is fired and the defence is easily broken through. Kiyoshi retreats. Uzume and co’s celebration is short-lived when a mysterious woman, Anne wants to see her strength after being impressed with their team technique. She sends her single doll, Proto Zero to fight Uzume’s. They are all taken out in an instant! No fighting chance. She leaves disappointed. When Manai and Kagami arrive, Kagami recognizes that woman as MDAG’s director. Later, she again sends a reminder to her that Uzume is hers and not to let anyone interfere. Uzume and her dolls take a bath. Sasara scrubs her back as apology. The rest get jealous over the duo being so close and want in.

Episode 8
The Card Club is doing curry cafe for the school’s cultural festival. Rafflesia and Mikasa are wary because outsiders are allowed in and this means Uzume will be an easy target by MDAG. Speaking of which, here is one waltzing in now. A Chinese bimbo airhead named Rin. She enters each club to look for Uzume. Till she enters the cafe with males in aprons. Very demotivating… Also, Rin becomes totally jealous when she sees a poster of Komachi. In some magazine, Komachi ranked first ahead of second placed Rin and she’s adamant she’ll be tops in the next. Whatever. Katia accompanies Miko to the haunted house but since Uzume wandered too far, Katia disappears and is left to venture in alone. Luckily Kagami finds her but soon loses her too. Uzume along with Komachi see a movie by the AV Club. The director is one of the students, Jun Fujihisa and yeah, he looks like a member of MDAG. But he is adamant he will get his wish without MDAG. Anyway, if you don’t get what his movie is about, don’t worry, you’re not along. Nobody did. Imagine his shock when he sees their I-don’t-get-it reaction. But Uzume recognizes the location in the movie. Isn’t that the rundown lab? Now that he is desperate, he is considering doing MDAG’s bidding just to have more audience watch his movie. Meanwhile Rin has been having bad luck trying to find Uzume. At first she thought Miko knew because she heard her say Uzume’s name but each time she loses her. Now a desperate case, she hijacks the PA and with a creepy suspicious voice, sends a message for Uzume to head to the back of the gym. She is waiting with her Chinese zombie dolls but the first to arrive is Kagami. She defeats this weakling. Kagami hides when Uzume arrives. Uzume is confronted with Fujihisa who challenges her to a duel. Uzume’s dolls sends Fujihisa’s movie set crew dolls into defeat when they cut up some onions to well up tears in their eyes?! WTF?! Tragically humorous, I’d say. Uzume learns that Fujihisa made a contact with MDAG just to get more audience. Though Sasara and co didn’t really approve his method, Fujihisa’s dolls stood up for their master about his true passion in making films. Uzume could understand how he feels. Fujihisa runs back to the room and is devastated to see not a single soul. Only Miko is watching. Where did the audience go? They left halfway. Heart breaking, isn’t it? Uzume finally reunites with Miko. When Miko notes how interesting the movie is (did she understand what she just saw?), it sends Fujihisa crying. No, there were no onions causing that. Returning back to their room, everyone learns Kagami had made curry coupons to attract more customers. Uzume shakes her hand.

Episode 9
While Uzume laments the club room is too small since all the dolls are out frolicking, Kagami gets a message from MDAG. They have found information on her brother and thus she needs to complete the requirements if she wants this information. Kagami treats Uzume to parfait. Happy? Now hand over your cards! Wait a minute. You can’t ask like that, can’t you? Uzume won’t give it to her so Kagami gets up and leaves. Enjoy your parfait. As usual Uzume seeks Komachi’s advice and in the end, no use worrying about it and she’ll start talking to her tomorrow. Of course that won’t happen since she hasn’t turn up in the clubroom since. Kagami is at the abandoned tracks. She asks her dolls if they would sacrifice themselves for her wish. They will do anything their master commands. Kagami needs to take Uzume’s cards before midnight because there is a time limit MDAG will be willing to release that information. She is in a dilemma because she has made friends but has lived this moment to find her brother and shouldn’t care about them. So when Uzume is made to confront Kagami, the latter starts going on the offensive. Uzume is shocked and doesn’t want to fight her friend but is forced to. If Uzume had that cannon, Kagami’s is a giant shuriken! Both sides go all out to fight for their master but Uzume doesn’t want her dolls to finish their opponents. The turning point came when Uzume protected Katia and took a blow. This causes Kagami’s will to waver. Although she insists she is still the enemy and wants her to hate her so she can fight and still her cards, Uzume asserts she is not and will not fight her because she is her friends. She got too close that Kagami slapped her. Now feeling guilty, Kagami explains about her beloved brother. He went missing, believed to be kidnapped. MDAG is her only last hope to find him because the police and her parents can’t do much. Uzume will help find her brother and this turns Kagami into an emotional wreck. Friends again? Rafflesia and Mikasa offer their help to find her brother in exchange for some info on MDAG. However, Anne tells them Kagami has been expelled. Kagami and Uzume send their dolls to attack Proto Zero but were easily defeated. Not even the cannon could do the trick. In the end, Madeleine is captured. Anne is impressed that she planned to capture them all but only got one. She is impressed with Uzume’s growth and invites her to join MDAG.

Episode 10
Uzume’s dolls chide their master for being useless since she is doing nothing and leaving things to Rafflesia. But what can she do? Later Uzume receives some package of tea she believes from her uncle. She makes some and tries to entice her dolls out but they’re sitting in to continue their protest. Stubborn? Till Uzume receives mail from Anne requesting for a battle that the dolls decide to do a ceasefire. Because Anne wants her cards and doesn’t want to hurt her dolls, she suggests a different card game: Poker. Yes, plain ol’ poker and no fancy magic stuff or anything. Uzume realizes the tea contains the poker cards and sent from Anne. Before she could get them, her mom Mikoto sees them and is impressed. A tea box turns into a hologram set so Uzume and Anne feign they are friends and are about to play poker. Mikoto is eager to play too and notes she is good in it. Since when did she become a gambler? Since giving birth to her daughters! That’s like gambling, right? So we are given the gist of poker by Mikoto. Unknown to them, Madeleine is with Anne and being treated nicely. Is this some sort of cohorts they’re in? Mikoto deals the cards and Uzume’s hand is the weakest. Mikoto seems like she fails in playing poker since she is acting all too happy with her good cards. She doesn’t even want to change. Uzume has no confidence and folds. Anne is confident in her hands and won’t change them either. But when Mikoto ups the ante, Anne folds thinking she really has a superior card. When they show their cards, Mikoto has nothing!!! Wow. She was really playing poker indeed!

The next round begins. Again, Uzume has nothing. Mikoto once more acts happy but Anne won’t be bought by her trick again. Anne ups the ante and will bet Madeleine’s card. Of course Uzume wants it, giving mommy the reason she is collecting rare cards. However Uzume has no confidence in her hand and folds again. When it’s show time, Mikoto has a straight flush compared to her three-of-a-kind. Man, this mommy is good. Uzume thanks her mom for getting the card but wait… Mommy didn’t say on giving it to her. Since it’s time to make dinner, she can’t play anymore. Aw, shucks… In that case, Mikoto lets Uzume play on her behalf. Whoever wins gets the card. Uzume’s dolls let her know about the background in the screen. They deduce Anne is in the car and from the floodlights behind, they are at the nearby park. The dolls head there but are stopped by Proto Zero. Again, they get owned. They want Uzume to use a trap card so she decides to believe in her cards and use them. Proto Zero is fast avoiding those blocks but no matter how fast, she is going to get caught sooner or later. In the end, she gets cornered by the dolls. The final cards are dealt. Uzume’s luck is sure horrible. Nothing. Anne knows victory is in her hands since she has full house. Uzume of course is going to believe in her cards and changes all 5 cards. An act of desperation? Anne thought she was following her mom’s silly act but it seems she has four-of-a-kind compared to her full house! Anne admits defeat and tells her that the director will pay her a visit soon. Eh? You mean she is not the director? And soon Uzume has a guest at her doorstep… KOMACHI! She admits she is MDAG’s director. Oh sh*t…

Episode 11
Komachi returns Madeleine to her and then unseals the lock on the dolls’ memory. They recognize her as their previous master. Come to think of it, she does have that similarity to that kid… Sasara is not pleased that she abandoned them and of all times, why now? Manai and Kagami are called over as Komachi explains. Her dolls wouldn’t develop further under her command. That’s why she had to ‘abandon’ them. Then a different side of them emerged when Uzume became their master. She apologizes for what has happened and as for if she is their friend or foe, it depends on their stand. Komachi will finish discussion at school tomorrow and leaves with her dolls back to her home. Uzume feels reluctant but lets them go with her. Next day as they head to school, Kagami tries to ask her about her brother but Komachi didn’t say anything. Since the clubroom is too small to house the girls, dolls and even Rafflesia and Mikasa, they do it in the hall. Much better. The guys will not charge MDAG since from their information, they have not broken any law although what they did was morally wrong. It all began at Kawagoe when the people created the devices in some scientific revolution. However they were caught in some international conspiracy and have gone missing. A different group is searching for their whereabouts. They left behind the cards and due to some complex system, the dolls of the cards can grow on their own. To investigate this, they gave various people sets of cards in secret because various nations and organizations have been attempting to steal and analyze this technology. Furthermore, the country’s top brass cannot decide to keep or trade the technology. The developers embedded different cards with different data since they got this idea from one person: Makoto, who is Kagami’s brother. Although he just gave the idea and never had involvement in the technology. Because of that, others kidnapped him in hopes of getting more ideas out of him but when that failed, the released him in some country overseas. And now he has returned. Yes, Makoto was hiding in that mushroom mascot all along. Cue for emotional sibling reunification. Thanks to Komachi’s information, they were able to retrieve him under their custody. They believe this technology should not fall into the hands of outsiders and would like the card owners to stay with their dolls.

Uzume is not thrilled hearing all this. She got caught up in this and then this surprise. She doesn’t get a single thing what they are saying and is saddened Komachi tried to hide all this from her. Why, oh why. Komachi explains she had a friend, Sonnet. She was a doll. She looks like Plastic Zero which was constructed in her design. Unfortunately she isn’t here anymore and because she wanted her back, she started MDAG and trading of wishes. Her wish is to have lots of cards to resurrect Sonnet since she would need the data from the dolls. She tried to recovery card but it didn’t work. Komachi doesn’t want to separate Uzume from her dolls. But she needs the data from them so she can bring Sonnet back. She wants to hand them back without fighting. Unsure Uzume asks her dolls but they ask her back. It’s got to be her who decides in the end, eh? Still unsure, Sasara chides her off that’s why she’s always weak. Uzume says back that they don’t really back her up since they’re always thinking about their ex-master. Since it has come to this, Sasara and co will return to Komachi and want Uzume to terminate their contract. On top of that, Uzume quits the Card Club and runs away. On the train, she is met by Anne (MDAG’s secretary) who tells her about the director. Once she returns to her room, she finds a note left behind by her ex-dolls. They have hidden a birthday present in her room and want her to go on a scavenger hunt. It’s not even her birthday. But upon remembering Anne’s words that when the data is extracted from the doll, they will lose everything including their memories, and that Sasara and co know about this and thus won’t be around during her birthday, Uzume turns her room upside down. She just ransacked her own room, no? She couldn’t find it but Manai and Kagami are here to support her. Uzume confronts Komachi at the stadium and wants her dolls back. But the contract was nullified, right? Uzume borrows her app and recalls her dolls back. They disappear back into the device and this proves they still recognize her as their master. Since Komachi still needs them to revive Sonnet, I guess the only way left is to settle via duel. Uzume says her wish is just to be with her friends.

Episode 12
We see how good friends Komachi and Sonnet were. One day Komachi almost got ran over by a truck but Sonnet pushes her away and got struck down instead. Komachi became devastated watching her friend disappear before her eyes. Kagami and Makoto are looking for Uzume but she’s not home. Anne knows where she is but wants Makoto to trade wishes. Bringing him back to MDAG’s operation room, she wants him to analyze the data regarding Sonnet’s recovery since he knows a lot about the cards’ data. Komachi is ranting about some philosophy about hope and desire. Because desires for each human are different, there is no one true justice. Yeah. Whatever. She thinks humans should consider only 1 thing important because if there are too many, they’ll become selfish and get lost. Yeah. Whatever. Due to some policy of Rafflesia and Mikasa’s organization, they can’t interfere in their battle and can only watch. How sad. So both sides begin their fight but as usual, Proto Zero is too fast and strong. Not even that WTF hotdog, onion or friendship cannon could best her. As explained, after Sonnet died, Komachi received Proto Zero from the original makers. Her void and hollow existence allows her to accept patterns from any dolls and thus the potential to grow infinitely strong. Anne and Makoto televise Komachi and Uzume’s duel to all the MDAG members. But Uzume gets more help when Kagami and Manai arrive to lend extra hands. Despite all their dolls combining to fire one great big cannon, it is still not enough. Goes to show that quantity is not always better.

Since fighting won’t do the trick, I guess the dolls are resorting to talking now. Friendship… Treasure our relationship with our master… You get the idea. Komachi orders Proto Zero to defeat them all but surprisingly she breaks down and cry! I guess Proto Zero is hurting inside because she doesn’t really want to fight. Everyone wants Komachi to think that what she is doing is at the cost of everyone else’s wishes. If Komachi views Sonnet as her friend, then what does Sonnet view her as? A friend too, right? More blah, blah, blah about friends and the likes. Anne and Makoto enter the scene just to tell Komachi that due to some recognition ability in-built in the dolls, reviving Sonnet is impossible because Uzume’s data is inside them. Eh? What? Say that again. Now Komachi becomes an emotional wreck because she came this far only to be told the impossible. But Makoto says there is a way. He hands her an empty card without data. As Sonnet was an early model of a card, her data might still be around on the internet. All you need to do is gather all those information and put them in this card. Are you crazy? Are you going to scour the entire internet just to gather all the data? It’s worse than finding a needled in a haystack. That’s when all the dolls, including all those MDAG losers that Uzume has bested before (except Rin – where the heck is she?), offer their help to find it. Wow. Power of friendship. Power of love. And so all the dolls travel across the internet to gather the data in the form of… Colourful gumballs? All our human counterparts have to do is just wait. It took them till morning. Hey, that’s considered fast already, right? And when they finally return, to Komachi’s joy, Sonnet revives from a rose. And Komachi knows this is going to be a great day because she just found her birthday present.

Fashionista Cosplay Doll
I’m not really impressed with this anime although I won’t say it to the point that I am disappointed. There was nothing that really attracted my attention and if it did, it was just probably for a short span. I was heading down the boringsville road and that nothing would happen because what you normally see here is Uzume bonding with her dolls or fighting with other card masters. It was hard for me to maintain my attention so much so that when Komachi was revealed to be MDAG’s leader, I felt surprised! Serious. Usually I would have guessed it miles away since there were some hints that would have made viewers pinpoint her as the secret boss. Like why was she always around when Uzume needed some friend advice or that flashback kid that resembled so closely to her. Because I wasn’t ‘thinking’, maybe that is why that revelation caught me off-guard. But still, I think the ending is a bit crappy. Because they want to end it with a happy ending for everybody. Uzume gets to stay with her dolls. Uzume gets to be friends with everybody. Komachi gets Sonnet back. All MDAG members are somewhat shown to have turned over a new leaf because of the power of friendship and love. Wow. Too much sugar coating can be bad for health.

It didn’t help since the big mind boggling puzzle was why Komachi abandoned her dolls that now belong to Uzume. Then she had to turn ‘buruk siku’ and want her to return them. Maybe it’s because I’m not paying attention but I remember she said about not developing further under her and thus ‘abandoned’ them. But what makes her think they have the data within to resurrect Sonnet? Had she knew it was them in the first place, she wouldn’t have tossed them away, right? And the way the anime ended felt cheap too because after all the hardship that Komachi went through just to revive Sonnet, she is being told it can’t be done and suddenly our genius Makoto comes up with a never-thought-of-before method that is seemingly impossible to a human but possible to the dolls since they too are made of data. In an instant, the trouble of reviving Sonnet that required time and effort is suddenly solved with this empty card solution and gathering of her data all over the internet. Feels cheap, doesn’t it? Makes you go if Komachi is the smart girl that would do anything to revive her best friend, how come she have never thought about this? If she was that desperate, I’m sure she would have come up with insane methods and tested them out. Clearly, even if she is desperate, shouldn’t she know better than to send somebody else to do the job? Why not take them herself? If she considers Sonnet her most important friend (assuming more important than Uzume), I’m sure she doesn’t really care about putting up a nice and friendly facade to Uzume, right? And if Sonnet is one of the early data for dolls, what makes the other dolls think they know her? I don’t think they were just randomly gathering all sorts of data in the cyber space. It’s a huge infinite dimension out there.

I am guessing that you need to have some knowledge of the game because it is not really explained in detail of the workings. The card masters make it look easy by just taking out their card and swiping them. In addition to doll cards, they got lots of activation cards and trap cards that add to the variety of the battle but somehow I feel it is more of convenience than anything. The cards themselves are not given any prominence or focus so you can’t really feel the impact when they turn the tables on the opponents. Another example is how Aloe was on the verge of being erased forever. Uzume being the noob and amateur would of course panic and unsure what to do. Then for convenience sake, Rafflesia pops up and gives her a card that solves it all. Don’t you feel it is too convenient? Then there’s that bout with Miina. She had lived with the mark on her arm for so long hoping she would get rid of it one day and suddenly it took a rookie to use some special card to heal it. Wasn’t Miina some sort of A+ master? Maybe that doesn’t guarantee you some rare cards. So again, doesn’t it feel like convenience? It’s like they can make up any type of card out from thin air and then thrust it into the episode just to tie things up. Aside cards, the part Kagami was reunited with Makoto too felt rushed. Like all too convenient. He was missing for so many years, how in the world did Komachi get information of his whereabouts (must be trading of many wishes) and then suddenly Mikasa’s organization brings him back. Conveniently solves Kagami’s part, no?

Character wise, they aren’t really that memorable either. Uzume is your typical protagonist who gets reluctantly dragged into this mess but learns to accept her newfound friends despite her shortcomings. Despite a cheerful and friendly girl, sometimes a little too much admonishing by her dolls can hurt her heart. Hey, she’s human after all. It’s funny to see that sometimes her dolls are the ones who take control of her personal life (because Uzume now needs to fork out more and share). Uzume tries to regain control but they shoot it down. Maybe they have the numbers. Or maybe Uzume is just a very accommodating person. Not really. She should sometimes learn how to say no and put her foot down. Her dolls I feel try to give us a variety of personality but they weren’t that memorable too. You’ve got loli Katia, stoic Akari, mature Madeline, upbeat Shimeji and the rebellious Sasara as part of the gang. Though the initial episodes give focus on a doll per episode, somehow it doesn’t just quite feel satisfying. For example, Katia doing her delivery and Shimeji still thinking about her ex-master, I just don’t feel the bond between them and Uzume deepening or whatsoever. Because the other card masters have at least 5 dolls, it feels like there are too many of them so most of them are just there for the numbers and feels like there is no character given to them. Although they follow a certain theme like sports or films, etc.

Kagami was annoying initially, especially how every time she appeared before Uzume, it’s like her role is to remind us that she will steal her cards. Maybe if you threaten somebody on a frequent basis, it would signal that you are serious instead of just fooling around. But Uzume doesn’t seem that fazed, right? Sure, she seems worried about Kagami’s intention at first but she’s not losing sleep over it. And then when she revealed about her quest to find her missing brother, she becomes open to the concept of becoming her friend. If Uzume knew about this, she would have done that right from the start. It feels like a shonen type anime when you see Uzume battling her friends and they end up becoming her ally. Well, Manai was brainwashed so it can’t be helped. But she fits that bill, right? Then you have pain-in-the-ass Kagami before the final showdown with Komachi. There are times when you need to fight your best friend just to renew your friendship. At least, that is what I thought how things ended and was supposed to be. Komachi is just like any other human with her own desires and wishes but so as not to make her be seen as the final boss villain, that’s why we see some sort of reconciliation with Uzume at the end. That’s why despite Komachi being the cool cat and counselling master that doesn’t show us any fluctuation in emotions, when she finally broke in the end, it’s a sign that Uzume had ‘won’. In short, nobody is really the bad guy. As mysterious as they may be, Rafflesia and Mikasa, I feel that their presence is just hanging around and watching over the girls. Comment a little here and there, give Uzume special cards when needed… Feels somewhat redundant. And nobody could tell Rafflesia is Uzume’s homeroom teacher? Yeah. Just put on some visor and some cape, you’ll turn out looking like a different person.

The other characters especially those set by MDAG to steal Uzume’s cards, I thought some of them had potential to be some sort of antagonist later in the series like that Kira dude. This guy is hanging on to his past memories of his girlfriend and needed to open some box. The way they show it makes it look important and his true villainy selfishness seems pretty genuine in getting down and dirty to do the job. And then when his dolls turned against him and he got defeated himself, it’s like he suddenly saw the light. Suddenly he turns over a new leaf. End of his story. So why the heck show his problem or whatsoever? Sure, the other lesser MDAG members too have their own issue, the reason why they want to trade wishes for their own. But seriously, their wishes felt so lame that the only reason why they resorted to this is because they are desperate. Are there no other avenues? Or maybe it’s just a sign to say that you’re not good enough for it. They even lost to Uzume’s dolls, right? A girl who isn’t the best master in the world but treasures her dolls like human friends. Bimbo Rin could have been a really amusing-cum-funny character but her one-episode only appearance also leaves a lot to be desired. What is her relation to Komachi anyway? Or was it just some personal jealousy? I can imagine the comical moments if she were to face off with Uzume. Alas, it was not destined to be. Mikoto is perhaps the most fun character. The way she plays poker is a natural and I’m sure she can teach the girls a lesson or two about poker and its relevance to real life.

I know the dolls are made up of data but it still boggles my mind how they can actually appear anywhere whenever they are not summoned in the real world. It’s like they can appear on window panes and pages. Doesn’t it make you feel creepy? Suddenly they can just pop up and interact with you. Only you can see them so in the eyes of others, you must be some sort of weirdo talking to ghosts! Another weird aspect is that if they are made of data and although materialized as something solid in this world, how can they actually eat real food? Especially Uzume’s dolls who love snacking. Since when it is life and death for a girl to not have their snacks? If you think about it, what happens to the snacks when it enters their stomach? How do they get processed? How does it get excreted? I know I’m thinking too much and that I shouldn’t bother with such details but I just can’t help because you know, they aren’t really human despite acting and looking close like one. Heck, they even develop emotions! How is that for technology advancement? You can give that data growth crap thingy as a reason but still, a doll will still be a doll. Hmmm… Come to think about it, maybe the dolls are more human than the humans themselves.

The way Uzume summons her dolls and we see their transformation scene is amusing since we see a long bullet train running up to the side of the doll and the carriage opens only to reveal a long list of clothes in this wardrobe. Not that they could actually pick out the clothes and wear but I guess in some fashion sense, it gives a little eye candy. I thought it was really fun and a little unique too but then when the same scene is repeated over and over again, it gets tiresome. Even the long winded summoning line that they say, I thought I would be halfway around the world by then. The enemy might have pulled a fast one by the time you even get to reach halfway. Is it necessary to recite such a long line? By right after saying it too much, those lines would have been drilled into my head but thank goodness I can’t even remember a single one.

Action wise, it is nothing spectacular. We see the dolls and their abilities based on the dress that they wear but there is not much variation since the dolls are just confined to just one set of battle outfit despite their train wardrobe containing a variety of other dresses. Heck, I don’t think they even have any special moves to begin with. You’ll always see Akari with her yo-yo and Sasara with her rapier. In group matches, you see them clashing here and there as fast as a ninja but that is about it. Don’t hold your breath. I’m not sure if this series is trying to be comical in some action scenes but there are a few scenes that I really thought it was funny. Like when everyone assembled the friendship cannon, it already looked silly enough that Sasara had to be the firing bullet (an iron helmet to top it off too?), but why do you need the master to do the marching drum? For rhythm? Seriously? Aren’t the dolls the ones who are pulling the string to fire? Uzume turning into a mini tank is also a comical scene. I thought this would turn into Girls Und Panzer… Then the dolls getting owned by Proto Zero is also funny because she is so fast and that the action is done in slow motion, it makes them look so handicap and lame when they get thrown off. And then there’s that morning wake up shock treatment from Akari. I hope Uzume doesn’t get traumatized and lose sleep over it.

As said previously, what the dolls wear are limited and confined. Although there is not much clothing design variety in a single doll, I guess the numerous other dolls make up for it. The designs may not be that unique but at least it gives some eye candy and perhaps one of the main points of this series. That’s why we also have cute dolls, cute girls and even hot looking guys. It’s all in the aesthetics of the visual appeal. But I thought I find it a little odd when the dolls are ‘naked’. It feels that the shirt (if I can call that) somewhat embeds into their skin. To put it in another way, it’s like the chest part and below didn’t manage to get a finished paint job. Slowly as you scroll down, you’ll notice sleeves-like feature. Odd, for sure. This series is produced by Hoods Entertainment, known to have produced some very ecchi anime titles like Aki Sora, Seikon No Qwaser, Rescue Me, Manyuu Hikenchou, Princess Lover and Kagaku Na Yatsura. So if you want to talk about fanservice in this anime, there is literally close to none because I don’t think the dolls in their ‘naked’ form really amounts to anything close to that (though the way they show it to us may tempt us to think so) and the bath scene whereby Uzume and her dolls all cram into the tiny bathtub just doesn’t cut it either. There’s nothing to see so move along…

So magic cards dolls battles thingy isn’t really my cup of tea and thus you might find my blog a little on the negative side. Though this anime still has some enjoyable moments like those comical bits and probably the fashion design of the dolls. Then you have some lessons you can learn too like the power of friendship and love will conquer all but these are done moderately so as not to spam you in the face every minute, therefore not so much annoying. If I wanted to see a card game-cum-tournament, I would go for Yugioh. If I wanted to see dolls fighting, I would go for Rozen Maiden. Combining both here doesn’t really work out. Certainly I wouldn’t go through all the trouble just to steal other people cards just to have my wish granted. Can I wish for the world’s destruction as long as I can take certain cards for somebody? I think stealing and launching a nuclear bomb would be much easier ;p. If you need others to grant your wish instead of yourself, then it is probably not worth as much as you think it is.

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